Headlines These Contact Lenses Have Wi-Fi Published 7 years ago on November 7, 2016 By INVISION Staff Share Tweet They don’t even need a battery. A prototype contact lens developed by a researcher at the University of Washington can connect to Wi-Fi — and it doesn’t need a battery. The lens demonstrates a new technology called backscatter, MIT Technology Review reports. It involves recycling signals that are already passing through the air. “As you sit around in this room we have so many radio signals bombarding us,” explains Shyam Gollakota, assistant professor at the University of Washington. “You can harvest power from these signals [and] use reflections to create transmissions.” The University of Washington explains that the technology “allows devices such as brain implants, contact lenses, credit cards and smaller wearable electronics to talk to everyday devices such as smartphones and watches.” Advertisement One potential use for a contact lens based on the technology could be to monitor blood sugar via tears and send reports to a smartphone. The University of Washington reports: “Due to their size and location within the body, these smart contact lenses are too constrained by power demands to send data using conventional wireless transmissions.” Read more at MIT Technology Review Read more at the University of Washington Advertisement Related Topics:contact lenses click to Comment(Comment) Up Next It’s Time to Submit 2017 National Optometry Hall of Fame Nominations Don't Miss Are You Still Using Paper Checks in Your Business? SPONSORED VIDEO Crizal® Sapphire™ HR: Invisible Shield of Protection Your patients’ main concerns of anti-glare, scratch resistance, and easiness to clean are covered. Crizal Sapphire HR, the latest and most advanced product in the Crizal No-Glare range, is now widely available across lab networks and through all major managed vision care providers. Crizal Sapphire HR is available with Essilor’s advanced lens designs such as Varilux® progressive lenses and Eyezen® enhanced single vision lenses. Click here to learn more. *External laboratory tests and internal technical tests – 2020. Compared to the competitor most known lens-brands by consumers (2019 external brand tracking in 11 countries). The word ’overall’ refers to anti-reflective coatings important criteria, ranked through an external quantitative consumer study – 2019. You may like Promoted Headlines On the Edger Maximizing Profit With In-House Finishing Visionix Made in Italy Italian Trade Agency Turn Patients Into Loyal Eyewear Shoppers Optify Advertisement Latest Trending Videos Photo Gallery4 hours ago Arnette’s Skateboard Street Cred on Full Display During New York Fashion Week Press Releases4 hours ago PPG, Flō-Optics Announce Exclusive Supplier Agreement for First Digitally Applied Optical Coatings Photo Gallery4 hours ago Celebrity Eyewear Pics Featuring Beyoncé, The Weeknd, Serena Williams, Blake Lively, and More Press Releases18 hours ago Hilco Vision Earns Green Seal Certification for New Sustainable Lens Cleaning Solution Press Releases18 hours ago American Optometric Association Releases Survey to Assess Burden of FTC Contact Lens Rule Photo Gallery4 hours ago Celebrity Eyewear Pics Featuring Beyoncé, The Weeknd, Serena Williams, Blake Lively, and More Photo Gallery3 days ago 23 Painfully Relatable Memes About Working Holiday Retail Sponsored Content2 days ago Made in Italy America's Finest4 weeks ago Trading on a Good Name Better Vision4 weeks ago E-Commerce Platforms for ECPs That Are Built for Eyecare and Easy to Use Sponsored Content1 month ago Turn Patients Into Loyal Eyewear Shoppers Sponsored Webinars2 months ago Shop! Masterclass Webinar: Sustainability for Retail: How Retailers Create Social, Environmental and Cultural Innovations Sponsored Content2 months ago Now Available: New Varilux® XR series™ Sponsored Webinars3 months ago Human-Centric Design in a Digital World: Creating Unexpected Moments That Inspire, Educate, and Connect at Retail Sponsored Content4 months ago The Very First of Its Kind: Introducing Ray-Ban Reverse Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important news and business ideas for eyecare professionals every weekday from INVISION. Advertisement Advertisement Most Popular Photo Gallery4 hours ago Celebrity Eyewear Pics Featuring Beyoncé, The Weeknd, Serena Williams, Blake Lively, and More Photo Gallery3 days ago 23 Painfully Relatable Memes About Working Holiday Retail Sponsored Content2 days ago Made in Italy True Tales6 days ago The Farting Mom Chronicles: One Optician’s Terrible Tale America's Finest1 week ago At This Alberta Practice, the Eyewear Is Global, the Exams Are Thorough and the Staff Are Valued Sponsored Content1 day ago On the Edger Maximizing Profit With In-House Finishing Cover Stories3 days ago Is Eyecare Ready for the Metaverse? Columns1 week ago You’re In Optometry School… Now What?